what do YOU substitute to make something healthier?

i was looking for oatmeal raisin cookie recipes and decided to try out the one on david lebovitz's website and then i saw that it substitutes apple sauce for some of the butter, which i've heard of but never done before.

while i'm all for butter and whipped cream and using whole milk in recipes instead of skim, i am intrigued and can't wait to make these this weekend.

i was wondering what, if anything, do you substitute in recipes, to cut down on calories / fat / sugar but to keep the taste and consistency fairly similar to the original recipe? do you substitute it for all or some of the ingredient?

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